According to Webster the definition of to celebrate is to perform a sacrament or solemn ceremony publicly, to honour an occasion such as a holiday, to mark something such as an anniversary and to observe a notable occasion with festivities. So why celebrate? Celebrating acknowledges what has been accomplished and sets us up for the next stage we are about to enter in. Whether it’s another year of life, marriage, business or personal achievements, it’s a time to enjoy the fruit of our labour, to take a moment to pause and reflect.

How often do I hear regarding people’s birthdays oh it’s just another day. Really now! Well to someone else they didn’t live to see another day yet another birthday, and you did. I wonder if that in itself is enough to celebrate, even if life isn’t what you have expected it to be at this point, celebrate anyway! Your birthday is significant not only to you but also to those around you and to all who will be blessed by the contribution you can make while you still have breath in your lungs. If someone is having a birthday, make it special for them. There is no need to be extravagant, but hey if you want to go for it. As long as it comes from the heart size is irrelevant.

So, what about wedding anniversaries? Celebrate! You might say my marriage isn’t going that great, Celebrate anyway. Why? Because when you celebrate you place value on the occasion or the achievement. Let’s take this one to another level why wait to celebrate once a year? Celebrate by going on dates and investing in each other. What you don’t water and tend to eventually dies. How about those goals that you’ve set, did you take a moment to celebrate when you achieved them? Before you set another goal, why not think about all the goals that you have achieved so far both big and small. Do something nice for yourself; it doesn’t need to cost a bomb. This can do wonders when setting new goals and working towards them, as you can tackle them with the mindset “I’ve done it before, and I can do it again”.

I believe celebration holds tremendous benefits, and without it, life becomes mundane and flat. No matter, if you are an extrovert or introvert, find what works for you. With the hustle and bustle of life it can be so easy to say you don’t have time to celebrate, can I encourage you to make the time! Celebrations also bring people together. Why wait for births, marriages and deaths to gather with family and friends. Life is long, and life is short so celebrate! Until next time. C